INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WTXF) - The Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison proved to be quite the nail-biter, with the Nittany Lions taking the title home, 38-31.
The Badgers won the coin toss, deferring to the second half. Penn State received the kick off to start the game.
Very early in the game, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley came off the field, limping, after a 7-yard run on first down. He later returned to the field.
Wisconsin gained the early lead in the first half of the game, scoring twice in the first quarter and twice more in the second. Penn State’s Mike Gesicki scored in the first quarter, and after a sack in the second, the Nittany Lions brought the score to 28-14.
Penn State came back strong following halftime, closing Wisconsin’s lead. Saeed Blacknail scored the first in the third quarter and Saquon Barkley coming back from injury to score the second, 28-28.
A field goal from Wisconsin’s Andrew Endicott with 16 seconds left in the third brings the score tally to 31-28.
A couple of incredible passes from Trace McSorley later and the Lions scored the first touchdown of the fourth quarter and their first lead of the game, 35-31.
A 24-yard field goal with 5:41 left in the fourth increases Penn State’s lead, 38-31.
Penn State with a big stop on 4th and 1 with 1:01 left that ultimately decided the game in favor of the Lions.